ASUS ROG GL552VW – Review

Features:

  • Quad Core i7-6700HQ 2.6GHz (Turbo 3.5 GHz)
  • GeForce GTX960M GPU with 2 GB RAM.
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM.
  • 1024 GB HDD Disc
  • 15.6-Inch Full-HD IPS Display.
  • Windows 10.
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Performance in Games

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Features & Use Comfort

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Build Quality & Design

  • Total 87%
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The GL552VW features F-22 stealth fighter-inspired lines with an angled surfaces for a dynamic and powerful stance. The GL552VW premium build quality and unique design will be sure to stand out from the crowd.

This is the motto which Asus uses to advertise GL552VW 15.6 gaming laptop. GL552VW comes from the Republic of Gamers (ROG) series. These laptops were designed from beginning to end to maximize gaming performance.

Performance in Games


CPU

The ASUS ROG has next gen Quad Core i7-6700HQ processor clocked 2.6 GHz with Turbo Boost technology that can increase processor speed up to 3.5 GHz. The Processor has Integrated Intel HD4600 graphics, which allows you to perform simple office work at reduced power consumption of the battery.

GPU

ASUS uses the powerful NVIDIA GeForce GTX960M with 2 GB RAM. This graphics card should allow you to play any current game on high setting and will allow you to play most of the games that will be released in the next couple of years.

RAM

The ASUS GL552VW is the only laptop under $1000 that has 16 GB ultra-fast DDR4 RAM, giving you plenty of free space to run even the most demanding games and still leaving you plenty of RAM for background processes. And it is one of first laptops with DDR4 RAM in this price range.

ASUS ROG is as powerful as possible in this price range you have a quad core i7 processor, GTX960 GPU with 2 GB ram GPU only beater GPU you can get is also GTX 960 with 4 GB ram, but from other hand, you get 16 GB RAM which is also best you can get in this price range.

  • Performance in Games 82%

Features


Screen

The ASUS ROG has a Full-HD IPS display (1920 x 1080 pixels). Fortunately, ASUS returned to IPS screen after last generation – GL551JW – of this laptop having TN display in cheapest version. So this is big + for ASUS. The screen surface is matte, which will mean no problems with reflections. The minus point of this screen is that its size, at 15”, may sometimes be too small for serious gaming, but you can always plug in an additional monitor while you are at home.

Connection and Ports

The GL552VW has 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, and 1 GB LAN RJ45 port.

When it comes to connectivity, the ASUS ROG GL552VW offers:

On the left side: mini-DisplayPort, HDMI, RJ45 and two USB 3.0 ports.

On the right side: 3.5-inch audio jack, third USB 3.0 port, the built-in DVD/CD burner, and near the rear edge a cable-locking slot and SD-card slot.

Storage

The ASUS GL552VW has a 1 TB HDD disc with 7200 RPM, which will provide you with plenty of space for games. I would love to have an SSD disc in this laptop but under $1000, this is not possible.

Audio

GL552 pumps out rich, crystal-clear high-fidelity audio with exclusive SonicMaster technology, while the accompanying ROG AudioWizard provides up five presets tailor-made for popular game genres—immersing you in game worlds like never before.

This system was created through the cooperation of the IWaves Company and Asus. IWaves is a leading provider of audio systems for digital audio processing for professionals.

  • Features & Use Comfort 90%

QUALITY & DESIGN


The ASUS ROG GL552VW design is very nice, in this model ASUS redesigned laptop looks so it look quite different then it predecessors – GL551JW – in new design ASUS was inspired with f-22 Raptor stealth fighter with an angled lines  surfaces for a dynamic and powerful stance. The GL552’s premium build quality and unique design will be sure to stand out from the crowd.

It has a full backlit keyboard, which is quite comfortable to use. Red keyboard backlighting makes it handy to use at night and also makes the ROG even hotter laptop. Users who prefer separate mouse buttons on the touch pad will be disappointed; this model comes with the latest trend in design without mechanical buttons.

  • Build Quality & Design 94%

Noise:

The air vent is provided on the back of the laptop giving you an overall soundless experience.

Temperature:

Heat is a player’s worst enemy, but not in the ASUS ROG. The GL552 has a powerful thermal solution: its cooling system keeps the temperature at a comfortable level even during extreme gaming.

Weight:

GL552VW weigh 5.6 ponds which is normal wage for laptop of this size.

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My Thoughts

ASUS learned its lesson and after previous generation of this laptop with weaker TN display. Now they fixed this problem by providing IPS display instead of TN, which with many other small updates return ASUS for first spot in this price range after couple months of being second. The ASUS ROG is an almost perfect gaming laptop for under $1000, and the only place in which it could be improved would be by getting an SSD disc (which you can add in a future by yourself) to decrease loading time and by having a bigger screen. But at this a price you get grate value for money. Overall, it is one of the best budget gaming laptops.

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Pros:

  • Antiglare display
  • An interesting and modern look
  • Next gen quad core i7 Processor
  • Good and strong GPU
  • IPS Display
  • 16 GB DDR4 RAM
  • Large hard drive
  • Efficient cooling system
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Cons:

  • Small screen
  • No SSD disc
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